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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed.-Sun., Nov. 25-29) -- in death throes, Cowboys still set season high

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The Dallas Cowboys served up Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings to the unbeaten Carolina Panthers.

The one-sided 33-14 home loss set a season record in total D-FW viewers anyway, drawing 1,664,364 for a game that mercifully ended at 6:44 p.m. on CBS. That beat the previous high of 1,593,540 for the Oct. 4th overtime loss at New Orleans on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.

Cowboys-Saints keeps the record for advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds with 746,290. Cowboys-Panthers averaged 698,654.

Later Sunday, the Chicago Bears’ upset of the suddenly sinking Green Bay Packers had 509,933 total viewers on NBC. Fox’s Thanksgiving Day appetizer, the Detroit Lions’ thrashing of the Philadelphia Eagles on Fox, drew 771,982 viewers.

Texas Tech’s prime-time Thanksgiving win over Texas on Fox Sports 1 averaged 254,966 total viewers opposite Bears-Packers.

The NFL returned on Sunday, with its biggest haul for CBS’ late afternoon/early evening Seahawks-Steelers game. It pulled in 623,251 viewers. The Denver Broncos’ snowy, overtime upset of the previously unbeaten New England Patriots ran second with an average of 517,015 viewers on NBC.

AMC’s 8 p.m. season finale of The Walking Dead had 283,296 total viewers. But as always, the lion’s share -- 209,596 -- were within the 18-to-49 motherlode. Broncos-Patriots edged The Walking Dead during that hour with 219,123 viewers in the 18-to-49 age range.

Saturday’s prime-time Oklahoma-Oklahoma State game on ABC averaged 311,626 total viewers. But that easily was topped by the rain-soaked TCU-Baylor matchup Friday night on ESPN. The OT win for TCU, which stretched to 11:12 p.m., drew 361,202 viewers.

TCU-Baylor thumped all competing Friday night programming, with TEGNA8’s 10 p.m. local newscast placing second (148,730 viewers).

And now for the local news derby results . . . well, there aren’t any. Fox4, NBC5, TEGNA8 and CBS11 all took holiday exemptions on Thursday and Friday. And only CBS11 played for keeps on Wednesday, which also was the last day of the November “sweeps” ratings period.

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